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Nixa physician gets jail sentence for taking bribes

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A Nixa physician was sentenced yesterday for taking bribes from a drug manufacturer in exchange for prescribing the company's fentanyl drug to his patients.

Randall Halley, 65, must spend one year and one day in federal prison without parole and pay $400,565 in restitution to Medicare and a fine of up to $150,000, according to a news release from the office of Teresa Moore, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Halley, who was employed by Ozark Community Hospital - Christian County Clinic in Nixa from 2004 to June 2019, accepted bribes from Insys to prescribe the fentanyl medication Subsys, according to court documents. At one time, Halley reportedly had the highest net sales of Subsys of any physician in Missouri and ranked No. 38 in the United States.

Insys paid Halley $92,225 in bribes, according to the release.

Former clinic employees Nga Nguyen, 43, and Susan Morris, 64, both of Springfield, and Amber Moeschler, 39, of Ozark, have pleaded guilty and await sentencing for illegally using Halley’s DEA registration number to distribute a controlled substance. Former employee Kimberly Hoffer, 50, awaits trial in December for related charges, according to Moore's office.

Halley previously was connected to a probation case involving Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Nixa, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

Morris in 2015 was put on probation for three years for 32 prescriptions written by Family Pharmacy Inc., his former company. Prescriptions were written under the name of Halley, who, according to past reporting, did not authorize the prescriptions or examine those receiving them.

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